Welcome to my web page. New in the published writing world, I invite you to join me on my journey in learning about the power of the written word. As a teacher of English, German, ancient history, journalism, humanities, I also am an archaeologist, a photo archivist, traveler, writer, mother of three, grandmother of eight, and great grandmother to one – these are just some of the different hats I have worn over the years.
My first published historical novel, Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior, began my writing career. And my second book, Last Real Cowboy, follows Jonathan (from New York City) as he rides the Chisholm Trail in 1871, then later in life rides the Cherokee Outlet Land Run in the Oklahoma Territory in 1893. This fall I will be working on the second book in the Native American trilogy--Spirit Journey; Sunshine's Song. Brave Eagle’s daughter, Sunshine, marries mountain man, Joe Morgan, and begins her personal journey. She has two half-breed sons before Joe abandons her in a Lakota village. The third book will tell about his other daughter, Gentle Woman, whom a Comanche warrior captures on a raid. Gentle Woman learns about life as a Comanche third wife. I also have written a Civil War historical fiction novel -- a story of a real soldier in the Army of Tennessee. This book includes 18 letters Frank writes to his wife, Laura.
I love to do research and try to blend many fascinating details with true historical events in my stories – along with interesting main characters. I hope you readers and lovers of historical fiction books will follow me on my new writing adventures.
Kathleen Gibbs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Southwestern Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. Now retired, she was a high school teacher for 30 years, worked at the Oklahoma Historical Society in Photo Archives for two years, and was State President of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society for four years. She lives in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Please check out the BOOKS, IN PROGRESS, EVENTS, and BLOG tabs at the top of this page for more information. Now adding India Finds a Home, my first tween children's book. This is the story of an abandoned dog who lives in a shelter until she gets chosen to go on a plane with some of her shelter friends to a new home in Oregon. As she waits for the flight, India meets several other dogs also waiting this flight --- Mama Dog has escaped from a Puppy Mill and has spent years having litters of many puppies, all taken away from her. Her body is so worn out. Dog # 821 was an experiment dog who was used for testing. India gives him a new name--Farley. Rocky is a pit bull dog who was used for dog fighting. His body is cut and scarred from years of fighting. Butch lived his whole life outside, chained to a post in all kinds of weather. He also has never known the love of a human. And then there is Binky and his best friend Rodney. Their owner died and they had no place to go. Rodney is blind and Binky is "his eyes." All were saved from being euthanized and will go on the flight with India to find new homes and families. You will learn their stories. This book will melt your heart. I wrote it so people will become aware of the true and sad stories of so many dogs who end up living in a cage in a shelter--many never feeling the warmth and love of a family. The money I receive from the sale of this book, I will donate to animal shelters. My intent is to get people to also want to donate to saving dogs, and cats, and help get dogs out of the shelters and into loving homes.